Skyrim:Dragon Research

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Help Esbern complete his research on dragons.
Prerequisite Quest: Dragon Hunting
Reward: Dragon Infusion perk
ID: FreeformSkyHavenTempleD
   

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

Once you have three followers recruited as Blades, you can ask Esbern for dragons to kill. Once you agree to kill one, Esbern will send you to a random place where you'll find a dragon. After you kill the dragon, you'll get the update to the quest stating "Return to Esbern". Return and speak to him; he'll ask for a dragon bone and a dragon scale. Give him the dragon bone and scale and he'll give you a potion. Drink the potion to gain the Dragon Infusion perk. Speak with him once more to complete the quest. The potion adds the permanent perk of 25% less melee damage from dragons.

[edit] Bugs

  • You do not gain the perk after drinking the potion and it is not obtainable via normal gameplay means.
  • The quest journal entry won't update after quest completion.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • PS22.pngXbox360.png If you don't want an uncompleted quest stuck in their quest log, you have the opportunity to back out of dialogue with Esbern after the 'Talk to Esbern' objective but before you inquire about a dragon location.[verification needed — how is this affected by the Paarthurnax quest?]
    • Pc22.png Workaround - Basically, you must not give the dragon's bone and scale to Esbern; use console commands instead. There are three contexts to consider, each with its own solution: the first one is before returning to Esbern, the second one is before turning-in the dragon's scale and bone asked by Esbern, and the third one is after getting the potion (after giving the dragon's scale and bone).
      • Before returning to Esbern - You killed the dragon and got a new journal entry stating "Return to Esbern". Use the console to add the perk : player.addspell 000F5FFA. From then on, you won't be asked to retrieve a dragon's scale and bones and thus won't receive the resulting potion (it seems that one condition for triggering the quest is set by detecting that you don't have the perk yet).
      • Before turning-in a dragon's scale and bone (recommended) - You've returned to Esbern and told him that the dragon is dead, which triggered a new quest requiring a dragon's bone and scale. In the console, type:
        player.addspell 000F5FFA
        SetObjectiveCompleted FreeFormSkyHavenTempleD 10 1
        
      • After giving bone and scale to Esbern - The quest has already been started and it's supposed to be completed, but the journal entry is still there : you've given the dragon's bone and scale and thus received the potion, however without any effect after you drank it since it has a bug (no perk imbued). You must first reset the quest so as to start it over again, then add the perk to your powers, and finally clear the entry from your journal with the quest set as "completed". In the console, type:
        ResetQuest FreeFormSkyHavenTempleD
        SetStage FreeFormSkyHavenTempleD 10
        player.addspell 000F5FFA
        SetObjectiveCompleted FreeFormSkyHavenTempleD 10 1
        
      • How to fix/finish this quest? - Set quest as "completed". In the console, type:
        SetStage FreeFormSkyHavenTempleD 100
        
  • You can get Esbern's Potion quest line without recruiting any Blades. However, it will not be titled "Dragon Research" and is located in Miscellaneous Quests. After completing Alduin's Wall, killing a dragon at a defined radiant location (such as a word wall) will trigger the objective "Speak to Esbern". Speaking to Esbern then triggers "Give a Dragon Scale and a Dragon Bone to Esbern". When you give them to him, he will give you Esbern's Potion, but drinking it does not give you the perk. ?
    • Pc22.png The console command player.addspell 000F5FFA will add the perk. However, the above commands will not remove it from the Miscellaneous Quests list with the current 1.3.3b Unofficial Update. Unchecking the Unofficial Update in the launcher and loading a save (make a backup) WILL allow the above commands to work. If you already have the Dragon Infusion from Esbern, it won't get removed with the "reset" command, so skip step 3 if it's already in your list as active power. After you've done the console command, save, reapply the patch, then continue on. Until the patch is updated, this is the only working method.

[edit] Quest Stages

Dragon Research (FreeformSkyHavenTempleD)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10
Objective 10: Bring a Dragon Scale and a Dragon Bone to Esbern
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 100.


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